Chimp Attack Victim Gets Face Transplant

Charla Nash mauled two years ago by a pet chimp receives third-ever face transplant
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 10, 2011 11:05 AM CDT
The gated driveway to the home where a woman was mauled by a chimpanzee in Stamford, Conn.   (AP Photo/Douglas Healey)
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(Newser) – Doctors at a Boston hospital have performed a full face transplant on the Connecticut woman who was mauled two years ago by her friend's pet chimpanzee. Officials at Brigham and Women's Hospital say they performed the transplant on Charla Nash late last month. The surgery team under the leadership of Dr. Bohdan Pomahac also performed a double hand transplant on Nash, but the hands failed to thrive and were removed.

It was the third full-face transplant performed at the hospital this year. The donor's name was not made public. The 200-pound chimpanzee, named Travis, went berserk in February 2009 after its owner asked Nash to help lure it back into her house. It ripped off Nash's hands, nose, lips and eyelids before being shot and killed by police. (Click to see the results of the first transplant done at the same hospital.)

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